Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bright Red Christmas Ornaments - Day 2 - Twelve Days of Christmas

Have you decorated your Christmas tree yet?

If you answered yes, then you've probably already found your Christmas spirit. Maybe you even used some pretty icicle baubles like these to decorate it! But, if you answered no, then perhaps today's earrings will put you in the festive mood. They may not help you get that tree decorated, but wear these dangling Christmas Ornament earrings and you're sure to spread Christmas cheer wherever you go!

This is a quick and easy pair of earrings to assemble - just what you need at this busy time of the year!
Bright red and silver Christmas ornament earrings.

Here's what you'll need:
Beads, charms and findings needed to make the Christmas Ornament earrings

Tools: chain nose pliers, round nose pliers, flat nose pliers, flush cutter

Set aside half the materials for the second earring. Use the flat nose pliers to bend the two connectors on the silver mesh bow to the back so that they sit perpendicular to the bow.
Using flat nose pliers to bend the bar perpendicular to the bow.

On the eye pin, string the beads in the order shown in the photo.
Beads and jewellery findings strung on the eye pin

Thread the eye pin through the two connectors of the bow .
Inserting the eye pin through the holes of the bow.

String the small bead cap and a Crystal Comet bicone onto the eye pin.
Eye pin strung with the upturned bottle bead, bow charm and findings.

To make sure that the bow doesn't swivel around on the eye pin, press all the components firmly down on the eye pin and then use the flat nose pliers to bend it to a 90° angle just above the last bead. Take care not to chip or crack it. Trim the end to 8mm (5/16"). If this is too small for you to work with, then just leave a longer tail and make a larger loop.
Trimming the excess eye pin with flush cutters.

Turn the loop.
Turning a simple loop with round nose pliers.

String the remaining Crystal Comet bicone on the head pin and turn a simple loop.
Using flat nose pliers to bend a 90° angle above the crystal.

Open the eye pin loop and attach the loop of the head pin.
Attaching the crystal dangle to the bottom of the ornament component

Attach the loop of the earring wire to the ornament. Make a second earring to match.

Nothing says Christmas more than red. But blue beads would look equally good in this design. Then your earrings can do double duty - Wintery icicle earrings for Christmas which would also suit the "Frozen" theme!

'Til next time.....

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